Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Ahoy me hearties!

September 19th is International Talk Like A Pirate Day. To help you observe this official (and officially silly) holiday, here are a few terms and phrases you might employ (with thanks to and

Avast - from the Dutch term for 'hold fast' and means "Stop and pay attention."As in, "Hey! Get a load of this!"

- "Why yes, I agree most heartily with everything you just said or did."

Shiver me timbers! - akin to "Blow me down!" An expression of shock or disbelief, believed to come from the sound the ship made when 'shocked' by running aground or hit by a cannon blast. Often preceded by "Well..."

Jacob's Ladder - the rope ladder used to climb aboard the ship

monkey - a small cannon

poop deck - the deck that is the furthest and the highest back, usually above the Captain's quarters, NOT to be confused with the head (the ship's toilet)

landlubber - 'lubber' was an old English word for a big, slow, clumsy person, and this term was aimed at those persons on ship who were not very skilled or at ease with ship life, as if to say, "You were no better on the land."

swing the lead - a lead weight swung from a line into water when near shore was a way to measure depth; the job's simple requirements caused the phrase to evolve into a term for slacking off

to have the Davies or the Joneseys - to be frightened

If you want to try out a pathetic pirate joke:

Did you hear about the new pirate movie? It's rated Rrrrrrrr.

And, if you're out and about (and want to get slapped by the nearest wench) here are a few pirate pick up lines:
  • "I must be huntin' treasure, 'cause I'm diggin' yer chest."
  • "Ya certainly put the shiver in me timber."
  • "Is there an 'X' on the seat of your pants? 'Cause it appears there's wond'rous booty buried beneath!"
  • and finally... "Arrrrrrrrrrrrrrrre you free on Saturday?"

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